- Steve Wozniak said in an interview with Bloomberg that he thought Jack Dorsey was doing more to counter tech scandals than Mark Zuckerberg.
- The Apple cofounder said he “lost a lot of respect” for Zuckerberg while watching him answer questions about Facebook.
- As an example of an ethical social-media company, Wozniak named location tech platform Foursquare.
The Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak has told Bloomberg that he thinks Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is doing a better job of handling the techlash than Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.
When asked about Zuckerberg and Dorsey getting into hot water over recent scandals – sometimes referred to as the “techlash” – Wozniak said he thought Dorsey was “doing a lot more” than Zuckerberg to correct it.
“I lost a lot of respect for Mark Zuckerberg watching him speak and answer questions and supposedly taking some steps that are nothingy – not one nickel or one penny of Facebook’s income, and I don’t trust that,” he said.
Wozniak has been a vocal critic of Zuckerberg in the past, having previously accused the social-network CEO of “putting money before morals” when it comes to user data. Wozniak deleted his Facebook account last April, and said he’d never really used Twitter.
Both tech founders have come under increasing scrutiny in the past 12 months. Dorsey stirred controversy recently after saying Twitter would “talk about it” internally if President Donald Trump called for his followers to murder a journalist.
Wozniak did not elaborate as to why he thought Dorsey was doing a better job than Zuckerberg, or the resources the firms are dedicating to tackling problematic content. Both social networks have been accused of facilitating the proliferation of hate speech.
As an example of an ethical tech company, Wozniak named Foursquare, a social media turned location tech platform that allows people to rate locations such as restaurants.
“They have been offered millions of dollars for their data on the users, and they have turned it down because it was unethical,” Wozniak said. “So you can… draw the line at a good place.”
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